Taking Care of Your Brass Instrument - A Few Pointers
It's important to keep your instrument in good playing condition; it helps you play and sound your best, and it extends the life of your instrument. Here are a few tips to remember:
If your mouthpiece accidentally becomes stuck on your instrument, DON'T TRY TO FORCE IT OFF! You can do severe damage to your instrument. This happens to every brass player; just ask your band leader/teacher if they have a mouthpiece puller, and she or he can remove it for you. If that doesn't work, bring it to our store and we'll remove your stuck mouthpiece for free.
Keep any and all valves well-oiled; oil them whenever they start to get slow or sluggish. They get sluggish when any form of sugar enters the instrument, so try to remember to rinse your mouth with water before you play.
Buy a cleaning kit and wash your brass instrument every month. One way to check if your instrument needs cleaning is to take off the tuning slide and look down the lead pipe. If it is not shiny and smooth, it needs cleaning.
- If you find that your valves or tuning slides are difficult or impossible to move, then it's a good time to consider a chemical clean for your brass instrument. The chemical clean involves dipping all parts of your instrument in a bio-degradeable citrus acid bath, washing and rinsing the entire instrument piece by piece, and then polishing it to look like new. It cleans the inside as well as the outside and keeps all the difficult-to-reach parts working optimally. It does wonders to the appearance and playability of any brass instrument and all brass players should consider a chemical clean for their instrument at least once a year.
If you follow these steps, you'll likely have a happy, healthy brass instrument, but if for some reason you're still having difficulty with tone production or moving parts, feel free to contact us for further assistance.